Unformatted text preview: too similar and heard all the time so officers look for details. These details can sometimes help the person seeking asylum, proving to the officer that they did indeed face some sort of persecution in their homeland. Other times the details can work against them, as they might not be correct. Evidence given by the body, showing scars or broken bones are ideal in asylum cases, as it proves that there is a well-founded fear. 3. What is the conflict some have with victim impact statements? Not all states allow victim impact statements in court because of the emotion versus scientific evidence. The victim impact statement deals with the crime after the fact, and one sees how the crime or event has affected the victim’s life. The problem comes with the emotion in court. Sometimes judges are unable to divert their own emotions therefore there is an unfair factor in the case. Others believe its unfair to give the victim a voice, and then leave the defendant voiceless....
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- Fall '08
- victim impact statement, Victim impact statements